For more information from the National Cancer Institute about multiple myeloma and other plasma cell neoplasms, see the following:
Multiple Myeloma/Other Plasma Cell Neoplasms Home Page
What You Need to Know About™ Multiple Myeloma
Drugs Approved for Multiple Myeloma and Other Plasma Cell Neoplasms
Targeted Cancer Therapies
Understanding Cancer Series: Targeted Therapies (Advances in Targeted Therapies and Targeted Therapies for Multiple Myeloma)
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Patients with essential thrombocythemia may have no symptoms.
Essential thrombocythemia often does not cause early symptoms. It is sometimes found during a routine blood test. The following symptoms may be caused by essential thrombocytopenia or by other conditions. Check with your doctor if you have any of the following problems:
Platelets are sticky. When there are too many platelets, they may clump together and make it hard for the blood to flow. Clots may form in blood vessels and there may also be increased bleeding. These can cause serious health problems such as stroke or heart attack.
Certain factors affect prognosis (chance of recovery) and treatment options for essential thrombocythemia.
Prognosis (chance of recovery) and treatment options depend on the following:
The age of the patient.
Whether the patient has symptoms or other problems related to essential thrombocythemia.